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McArthur In Line To Face England

3 November 2016


Palace midfielder James McArthur has been called up by Scotland for their 2018 World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley next week.

The in-form Eagles man, who has scored four goals already this season to top the club's goalscoring charts, will link up with Gordon Strachan's squad after Saturday's trip to Burnley for the Battle of Britain clash on Friday 11th November.

McArthur, who has been capped 26 times by his country and scored his third international goal against Lithuania last month, will battle for a starting berth under the arch with the likes of Darren Fletcher, former Palace teammate Barry Bannan and the returning Scott Brown, who has reversed his decision to retire from international duty.

Scotland are fourth in the group after a win, a draw and a defeat from their first three matches, but are just three points behind leaders England, who could name Andros Townsend in their squad when it's announced on Sunday.

Scotland squad to face England:
Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Celtic), Jack Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian), David Marshall (Hull City).

Defenders: Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town), Gordon Greer (Blackburn Rovers), Grant Hanley (Newcastle United), Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian), Lee Wallace (Rangers).

Midfielders: Ikechi Anya (Derby County), Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday), Scott Brown (Celtic), Oliver Burke (RB Leipzig), Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion), James Forrest (Celtic), James McArthur (Crystal Palace), John McGinn (Hibernian), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United), Robert Snodgrass (Hull City).

Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday), Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Chris Martin (Derby County), Steven Naismith (Norwich City).

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